The union makes us strong? A study of the dynamics of workplace union leadership at two UK manufacturing plants

Anne Marie Greene, John Black, Peter Ackers

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This paper draws on qualitative case study evidence to investigate the way in which union leaders involved in two workplace organizations deal with the process of managing their role within the employment relationship. In particular, the influence of their leadership style on the commitment and participation of rank-and-file members is considered. The paper highlights the dialectical relationship between local leaders and members in terms of trade union democracy and local leadership style.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-93
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

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